The Fulbright program was created by the U.S. Congress in 1946 “to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges.”

More information on the Fulbright Program.

Info Sessions

Check the calendar for current sessions

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - Fulbright Info Session at 4:30 pm ET If you missed the session watch the 2022 video.

Fulbright Fellowships Info Session (multi-institution session) (recorded March 2021)

Check out the US Student Fulbright Program Information Sessions!


Grants Available

  • Open Study/Research: Independent research, graduate programs, internships, or a combination of study and research. See the lists of field-specific award opportunities and graduate degree grants.

  • English Teaching Assistant (ETA): Teach English language and culture in primary schools, high schools, and universities. See the list of countries that offer ETA grants.

  • Critical Language Enhancement Awards (CLEA): Three to six months of intensive language study in addition to research or study grants in eligible languages. CLEA info

Additional Information

Number Offered

Approximately 1900 grants to 140+ countries.


  • U.S. citizen
  • Preference to students who have received the majority of their higher education at a U.S. institution.
  • Preference for candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months. Study abroad or military duty is not disqualifying.
  • Applicants must hold a BA or the equivalent degree before the beginning date of the grant. Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study.
  • Good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Certificate of Health from a physician.

Application Process

Carefully Review the Following Middlebury Fellowships’ Documents:

Note: We strongly encourage undergraduate alumni to apply through Middlebury. If applying through Middlebury, you must adhere to Middlebury’s internal deadline and application process. Alumni may also apply At Large. Senior applicants must apply through Middlebury.


See the Fulbright Guideline documents above for specific details and requirements. Each of the steps below are part of your application portal in Middlebury Apply.

  1. April 15, Preliminary Application Deadline: Complete the online preliminary application in Middlebury Apply to start the application process. Review the app questions. You will receive feedback by mid-May to continue developing your application.
  2. August 15, Intent to Apply Deadline: Submit draft essays and start a draft application in Fulbright’s portal. No recommendations are needed at this point. Note that current Middlebury seniors must apply through Middlebury. Middlebury alumni may apply through Middlebury or At-Large. See the application checklist for specific items that you will upload in Middlebury Apply for this deadline.
  3. Sunday, September 10 at midnight, Middlebury Internal Deadline: Final, proofed applications must be submitted in the Fulbright portal by this date, including recommendations, language evaluations, and affiliation letters. The application is only seen internally at Middlebury until the committee evaluation is added after the interview. It is then forwarded on to Fulbright as the final version. Any issues, email fellowships@middlebury.edu.
  4. Interviews with the Middlebury Fulbright committee will be scheduled 2-3 weeks after the internal deadline.
  5. Final Fulbright Deadline: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 5 pm.


Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G

(802) 443-3183

Fulbright News

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research
Davis Family Library, Suite 225
Middlebury, VT 05753